Identify sepsis in patients by using early warning scores, doctors are urged

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General practitioners and hospital doctors should all use an early warning score system when they suspect that a patient may have sepsis to help improve the recognition of cases, a report recommends.

Nearly half (45%) of patients with sepsis admitted to hospital with no other obvious problem either died or were left with a disability, an audit of cases in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland has found.

Breast feeding may cut risk of diabetes in high risk women

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Women with gestational diabetes should be encouraged to breast feed exclusively for at least two months to reduce their risk of developing type 2 diabetes, say researchers.

A prospective cohort study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine found that breast feeding exclusively for two months halved the risk of diabetes in women with gestational diabetes.

NHS staff invited to comment on new policy to encourage whistleblowing

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The first national whistleblowing policy for the NHS aims to encourage doctors and other NHS employees in England to report bullying, threats to the safety of patients, and other harmful practices in their organisation, without blighting their careers in the process.

The draft policy, drawn up by Monitor, the NHS Development Authority, and NHS England, will be open to consultation for eight weeks from 16 November. NHS organisations, patients, and staff are invited to comment, in confidence if they wish.

Errors in the most recent BNF and BNFc

bnfappNationally it has been recognised that there are a small number of clinically significant errors in the most recent BNF (BNF 70) and BNF for Children.

Be aware that the BNF has not been circulated to Trust staff due to the errors contained within.

The online and app versions of both, accessed via an OpenAthens account, have already been corrected. Please contact the Library and Knowledge service for advice on downloading and accessing the app.

The BNFc is available to Trust staff with these errors – please contact your ward pharmacist if you require further information; the Library and Knowledge Service has printed a list of the errors.

Spotlight on……..Wiley Nursing and Medical Journals

Wiley journalsAll trust staff have access to a collection of over 200 online journals covering key medical and nursing titles. Our subscription provides full text access to articles published in these journals, giving access to published research and evidence which can support your workplace practice, CPD, research and educational activities.

The journal titles are linked into our healthcare databases, electronic journal lists and can be accessed from the library web pages when both on and offsite by using your Athens log in.

Please contact the library on 01625 661362 if you have any questions

Antibiotic Awareness Week 16-20th November

This week it is World Antibiotic Awareness Week. There has been much in the media regarding the threat of antimicrobial resistance and what we might do to respond to the threat. Various initiatives are being undertaken across the NHS  and yesterday was European Antibiotic Awareness Day. Which was used to promote important messages to patients, healthcare professionals and commissioners about the responsible and appropriate use of antibiotics and the need to prevent the spread of infections. You can read the UK5YR Antibiotic Resistance Strategy to find out more.

You can also sign up as an Antibiotic Guardian to ensure antibiotics remain effective in the future to combat infectionscombat the germs